Busy Doing Nothing with Charlie Options | A virtual supermarket sweep of recorded history, with an emphasis on processed cheese.

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Playlist for 10 December 2015 Options | Sampling the atmosphere

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painting by Miwa Ogasawara

Artist Song Album Label Approx. start time
Mumbles  At the Mountains of Madness   Options Deep Concentration (various artists)  Om  0:00:00 (Pop‑up)
Murcof  Mir   Options Martes  Leaf  0:05:21 (Pop‑up)
Russ Bolleter  Time Waits   Options Secret Sandhills and Satellites: pieces for ruined pianos and pianos on the edge of ruin  Emanem  0:11:09 (Pop‑up)
Komputer  Gaps   Options Market Led  Mute  0:15:34 (Pop‑up)
Deerhoof  Giga Dance   Options Milkman  Kill Rock Stars  0:19:57 (Pop‑up)
Connie Acher  For Giving   Options For Giving (forthcoming album)  Golden Lab  0:22:54 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
World Standard 
The Lonely Driver 1952   Options Country Gazette  Asphodel  0:27:35 (Pop‑up)
Bebel Gilberto  Samba da Bencao   Options Tanto Tempo  Six Degrees  0:32:29 (Pop‑up)
Amon Tobin  Nova   Options Permutation  Ninja Tune  0:37:09 (Pop‑up)
Luiz Bonfa/Eumir Deodato  Non-stop to Brazil   Options The Gentle Rain (soundtrack)  Mecury  0:41:19 (Pop‑up)
Keith Jarrett  Sioux City Sue New   Options Restoration Ruin  Vortex  0:43:51 (Pop‑up)
Angelo Badalamenti   Audrey's Dance   Options Twin Peaks (soundtrack)  Warner Bros.  0:46:39 (Pop‑up)
The Great Society with Grace Slick  Sally Go 'Round the Roses   Options Conspicuous Only in its Absence  Columbia  0:51:50 (Pop‑up)
DJ Olive  Funky Cortado   Options Bodega  The Agriculture  0:58:16 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
Frank Gartner 
Kryptoglyphics   Options The Super Sounds of Bosworth (various artists)  Trunk  1:01:54 (Pop‑up)
Gonzales  Clarinets   Options Gonzeles Uber Alles  Kitty-Yo  1:05:58 (Pop‑up)
Woody Herman and His Orchestra  Stravinsky, Ebony Concerto, third movement   Options Ebony Concerto/Symphony in Three Movements  Everest  1:10:21 (Pop‑up)
Snowpony  A Way to Survive   Options The Slow-Motion World of Snowpony  Radioactive  1:13:54 (Pop‑up)
Neneh Cherry & The Thing  Dream Baby Dream   Options The Cherry Thing  Smalltown Supersound  1:18:19 (Pop‑up)
Kid Koala  3 bit Blues   Options 12 Bit Blues  Ninja Tune  1:24:10 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
loop from Symphony in Three Movements   Options Igor conducting Columbia Symphony Orchestra  Columbia  1:27:02 (Pop‑up)
P.M. Dawn  Reality Used To Be a Friend of Mine   Options Of the Heart, of the Soul, and of the Cross  Gee Street/Island  1:30:14 (Pop‑up)
Pere Ubu  Real World   Options The Modern Dance  Blank; DGC  1:34:44 (Pop‑up)
Lisa Parkins with Not Heaven  In the Real World   Options unreleased demos  Lisa Parkins  1:38:25 (Pop‑up)
Noel Harrison  Strawbery Fields   Options Collage  Reprise  1:41:26 (Pop‑up)
Brian Eno / Rick Holland  The Real (Elisha Mudly, vocal)   Options Drums Between the Bells  Warp  1:44:30 (Pop‑up)
Françoiz Breut  La Certitude   Options Une Saison Volée  La Tribu/Caramel Beurre Salé  1:50:43 (Pop‑up)
Yo La Tengo  How Some Jellyfish Are Born   Options Science Is Fiction: 23 Films by Jean Painlevé (DVD soundtrack)  Criterion  1:53:54 (Pop‑up)

painting by Miwa Ogasawara

Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:58am listener james from westwood:

w00t! Howdy, Charlie and all! In until 1 and then I'm into the bowels of a conference call!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:59am Charlie:

hey James -- just crank the show in the bg for the call ;)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:00pm thatpatsmith:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:01pm mauri:

happy thursday everyone
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:02pm Michael:

Hi Charlie and hi everyone.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:03pm Charlie:

hello, thatpat, hi, mauri, greets, michael! a misty thursday to you all.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:03pm Uncle Michael:

Curate me some air, airtender.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:04pm Charlie:

hey, uncle m -- air is in plentiful, ulp, supply
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:05pm listener james from westwood:

@Charlie: Oh, I have indeed done so for some of these. Have to be on speaker, though, and ambient sound blots out the incoming voice. >:(
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:08pm Carmichael:

Hi Charlie, so busy doing nothing that I forgot to tune in for the active nothingness. Is today's show brought to us by the letter M?
Avatar 12:09pm Pseu Braun:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:10pm Parq:

Hi all. Charlie, I really like this Mir.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:10pm Charlie:

hiya Carmichael -- m & m
hey there, Pseu Braun! let me offer you a sample today :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:11pm Charlie:

welcome, Parq -- me too -- just learned about this the other day from Peter Nelson (of Eclectic Music for Mind and Bodhi)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:12pm Parq:

Yeah, what happened to Peter's show? It's not on the sked any more.
Avatar 12:13pm βrian:

I didn't see that trap door … and now, here I am.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:14pm Charlie:

He found he could not manage a weekly show, due to various factors. He will be back with the occasional program.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:14pm Carmichael:

I heard that Peter had to drop out for health-related reasons, either his or someone near to him. I heard the tail-end of his last show. Is it archived? I should listen to the beginning.
Avatar 12:15pm Brian in UK:

Hello Charlie and chums.
Any plans to play Moranbong?
Avatar 12:20pm Brian in UK:

These are the gals for me. Play this clip and go wild.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:20pm Charlie:

hi Brian -- I do not know this Moranbong of which you speak. should I?
  12:22pm rf:

Avatar 12:24pm ndbob:

afternoon Charlie and everyone!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:25pm Charlie:

hi rf! hello bob! nice to see you.
Avatar 12:25pm ndbob:

Deerhoof are great btw! as is this
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:28pm Charlie:

Avatar 12:33pm Sarah N:

Hi Charlie and fellow nadaists. I'm off to the kitchen to make nothing to eat - shall be while listening to this nothingness on my lappy. Shhhhhhhhhh....quietly does it.....
  12:34pm jan:

Beautiful Bebel!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:35pm Charlie:

hello Sarah! happy to be part of your nutritionally completely nothing meal ;)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:36pm Charlie:

hi jan! yes, lovely song, lovely voice.
Avatar 12:40pm Mayuko:

Late but here! Hello Charlie and all.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:42pm Parq:

Sorry I'm late on the pick-up, but my best to Peter and Sarah and my hopes that all either is or soon will be well over their way.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:42pm Charlie:

Hi Mayuko! Happy you are here!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:51pm Artie Haywire:

Enjoying the show, Charlie!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:55pm Carmichael:

Brings a new meaning to the phrase "empty calories", Sarah.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:55pm Charlie:

Glad to know it, Artie.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:57pm Carmichael:

Now I have to dig out my Great Society LP. Haven't listened to that in at least 5 eons.
Avatar 12:57pm Mayuko:

This Great Society stuff is really nice.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:58pm Charlie:

yes there is some great stuff on these records. dunno if they were ever reissued . . . ?
Avatar 1:04pm Sarah N:

Hi Parq. All is well here thanks. Peter is enjoying much needed rest and, fear not, there WILL be more shows, irregular one-off specials.

@Carmichael - calories schmalories, ha! I never use them in my cooking. They spoil the taste.
Avatar 1:04pm Mayuko:

I feel like I like that there was some sense of quietness in this set - doesn't mean you're playing quiet music, but something that makes sense to have that picture on the playlist.
  1:12pm Listening Out There:

Yes, I am liking today's program, as a matter of fact...
Avatar 1:13pm Sarah N:

@Mayuko - I always get a sense of quietness listening to Charlie's shows, whatever the music.
  1:14pm rf:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:16pm Charlie:

I like the spaces around the sounds :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:26pm Charlie:

oh and hello to L.O.T.
Avatar 1:28pm Sarah N:


makes for easier

  1:31pm Listening Out There:

The Stravinsky sounds like Bernard Hermann. Just learned Hermann did the music used in the War of the Worlds broadcast...
Avatar 1:34pm Mayuko:

Oh my, P.M. Dawn!? I (of course) heard their Spandau Ballet cover first and actually had their album a long long long time ago! Completely forgotten about them!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:42pm Charlie:

I like to remind you of things :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:42pm Charlie:

including things you didn't already know ;)
Avatar 1:43pm Mayuko:

Living in the real world is so hard comparing to living in fantasy but this fun set is making me feel it's a bit more doable!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:44pm Charlie:

happy to help!
Avatar 1:45pm Brian in UK:

Even with Noel's 'singing' this still sounds good.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:46pm Uncle Michael:

better Noel than Rex
Avatar 1:47pm βrian:

Mr. Neno!
Avatar 1:48pm Brian in UK:

Great show, Charlie. Did I need to write that. Ofcourse I did.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:49pm Charlie:

Yes, βria -- Nino!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:49pm mauri:

It's all been very good.
Avatar 1:50pm Brian in UK:

mauri, love the hat. It is a hat?
Avatar 1:51pm Mayuko:

Wish I could go home right away and make art to your music instead of working at the office :/
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:51pm mauri:

it is a hat. strangely I was looking at your pic just now.
Avatar 1:52pm Peter N:

Thanks for nothing.
  1:54pm Doug Schulkind:

Great music happens, and Charlie is Doing Nothing about it!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:54pm Charlie:

hi Peter! you're doubly welcome for nothing ;)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:55pm Charlie:

hi Doug! I try to get out of the way as much as possible . . .
Avatar 1:55pm βrian:

@Mayuko: May I borrow that line? Up to "music," that is.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:55pm Charlie:

@Mayuko -- sorry you're at work instead of home making art -- but your comment makes me happy :)
Avatar 1:56pm ndbob:

excellent show Charlie!
Avatar 1:57pm Mayuko:

haha, sure βrian!
Avatar 1:58pm βrian:

Yo la tengo tambien. Y tu ?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:58pm Charlie:

thanks, everyone! see you next week.
  1:59pm Listening Out There:

Thanks, host!
Avatar 2:02pm Sarah N:

Thanks for the spaces Charlie.
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